Millwall 1 Leeds United 0: YEP jury - Defeat disappointing but not the end of the world

Man of the match Felix Wiedwald. PIC: Jonathan Gawthorpe
Man of the match Felix Wiedwald. PIC: Jonathan Gawthorpe
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Our Yorkshire Evening Post panel of supporters gives its verdict on Leeds United’s defeat at Millwall.

David Watkins

Oh dear! I think the phrase we are all looking for after that performance is ‘reality check’!

I’m hoping this was just a ‘bad day at the office’ combined with a really clever game plan from the Lions, who harried and chased us down much as we did recently to Burton.

Millwall restricted Leeds to just a single attempt on goal in 90 minutes and that missed the target; identical to the stats we forced on Burton.

Our best player by a long way, and the busiest, was Felix Wiedwald in goal.

The reality check is that maybe we are not quite as good as some of us believed and perhaps the fact that four of our five league wins to date have come against teams in the bottom six of the current form table now needs to be factored in too.

The game against Ipswich on Saturday will now be scrutinised very closely to see how we fair against a current top-five side.

Man of the match: Felix Wiedwald.

Matthew Evans

If this new-look United side need to pass a number of tests before they prove themselves worthy of promotion, then we can consider a GCSE in small, agressive teams playing above themselves in a tight, pokey stadium beyond us.

Millwall wanted this more, showed great tempo, adventure and, if such a thing is possible, more fight than their supporters who remain the last in England needing to be kept behind bars on their way to and from a football match.

As far as Leeds are concerned, Conor Shaughnessy acquitted himself well in difficult circumstances and Ayling, Jansson, Phillips and O’Kane all tried in vain to get United a foothold in the game.

Millwall clearly deserved this victory and will be promotion contenders themselves in the unlikely event they can find the same intensity when the fixture isn’t Leeds at home.

For Leeds, it’s a matter of forget and move on. Millwall is a unique fixture for us; Thomas Christiansen will be hoping the result is as well.

Man of the match: Conor Shaughnessy.

Keith Ingham

Leeds tasted defeat for the first time this season at Millwall in a surprisingly one-sided game in which, for the first time, they didn’t perform to the standard they themselves have set.

Millwall were without doubt ‘up for it’. With Liam Cooper surprisingly absent through injury, Conor Shaughnessy was included in the starting XI, the only change from the side that beat Birmingham. Luke Ayling captained the side.

Millwall simply stopped Leeds playing the fluent game that had brought top spot in the Championship. They also gave Vurnon Anita a torrid afternoon. And Kalvin Phillips and Eunan O’Kane both struggled against a resolute Millwall midfield. Leeds’ forwards offered nothing much to trouble Archer in the Millwall goal.

It will be interesting to see how Leeds react in the cup-tie with Burnley this week.

Gaetano Berardi may well be recalled as Pontus Jansson was taken off late in the game with a hamstring injury.

Disappointing, but not the end of the world.

Man of the match: Felix Wiedwald.

Gary Newbould

United slipped to their first league defeat of the season and their first goal since the opening-day victory at Bolton as they slipped to 1-0 reversal at The Den – their eighth defeat in the last nine visits to Bermondsey.

The home side were straight in United’s faces and former Whites player, Steve Morison, looked like he had opened the scoring only for his effort to be ruled offside. The visitors created very little in response.

Dallas and Grot replaced Saiz and Hernandez at the interval and whilst United had a little more ball the inevitable breakthrough for the home side arrived with just over 15 minutes remaining through O’Brien. A bad day turned even worse when, having made all three subs, Pontus Jansson left the field due to injury leaving United with 10 men for the last 10 minutes.

Coach Christiansen will have learnt more about the Championship in general and his players in particular throughout a chastening afternoon in South London.

Man of the match: Felix Wiedwald.

Mike Gill

From the moment that a Steve Morison effort was disallowed it was clear that Leeds United would have a struggle on their hands.

Pierre-Michel Lasogga seemed off the pace and won little in the air.

Millwall played a pressing game high up the pitch and played it well. United struggled to get anything going and the creative genius of Samuel Saiz and Pablo Hernandez was snuffed out.

Stuart Dallas and Kemar Roofe replaced Hernandez and Gjanni Alioski at half-time but the game settled into a similar pattern to the first half.

Millwall threw everything at Leeds and they continued to survive by courtesy of Wiedwald, Ayling, Janssen and the woodwork. In the 73rd minute Millwall went ahead through Aiden 0’Brien. Leeds were beaten by a better team on the day. The misery was compounded when Pontus Jansson limped off.

Positives: Got first defeat out of the way, Wiedwald was tested and passed muster, still top!

Man of the match: Felix Wiedwald.